[By Fiona Li]
According to the Chinese zodiac, we will be ushering in the Year of the Horse come the first day of Lunar New Year in 2 weeks’ time. The spirit of those born under the sign of the Horse lies in his or her strength in making unremitting efforts to improve one’s performance through hard work and unbridled determination. 2014 being the Year of the Wood Horse is believed to be a vibrant one overflowing with great energy and power for those who can grab hold and hang on. In order to enjoy the sweetness of success, one must look and feel the part for it. As you prepare to race towards your goals and dreams, go for GLOW with a flawless mien of radiance and sheer luminosity to kickstart your year on the right foot. Now giddy up and gallop on, ladies!
Scrub the Grub
The simplest way to get your complexion a notch better is to exfoliate with a good facial scrub to reveal fresh soft skin hidden under all the grub from the cold December days. Try my personal favourite, the Sloane Inc. Pineapple Enzyme Scrub for some gentle yet effective exfoliation. This sweet smelling power packed concoction contains the chief ingredients of Bromelain enzyme and Jojoba oil. The pineapple enzyme, Bromelain, helps to remove excess surface cells in the stratum corneum of the epidermis while the microspheres of jojoba beads dissolve and release their nourishing jojoba oil into the skin. This dual pronged action helps to improve skin texture by exfoliating and moisturising it at the same time, leaving a tender, luminous glow that sets the perfect base for you to work on some fabulous Spring colours to ring in the New Year.
Peel Fresh with pizazz
Getting an acid peel done professionally is another great way to prep your skin for that fresh glow of youth and vitality. The Glamour Peel specially devised and available exclusively at The Sloane Clinic is the ‘go-to’ treatment for maximal benefits with hardly any downtime. This fuss-free weekend treatment gets you paparazzi ready with not one but three different types of professional grade formulations that have been specially selected to give your complexion a quick, all-rounded boost. A well kept secret earmarked in the ‘Little Black Beauty Book’ of those in the know, the Glamour Peel addresses six key skin concerns simultaneously. Skin brightening, spot fading, line smoothening, pore reduction, sebum balance and intense hydration served on a beauty platter. To achieve a clear and blemish free complexion is certainly a good start to herald in new hopes of posperity for the New Year ahead.
Commonly referred to as a photo-facial, IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a superb modern day technology that brightens up one’s complexion with pulses of high intensity lights of varying wavelengths to penetrate the skin without downtime. Besides busting sunspots and freckles, this scientifically proven procedure stimulates new collagen to form in the skin, thereby reducing fine lines, minimizes pore size and increases skin elasticity for overall rejuvenation.
As the results from IPL are cumulative, a series of four to six sessions done at monthly interval is ideal. However, single sessions proved to be exceedingly effective in giving your skin a little ‘refreshening’ before any upcoming event. Do take note that this treatment should be done at least a week before your big event, as this is the time required to see the maximal positive changes in your skin post treatment.
Looking at the calendar, it’s not too late for you to slot in an IPL treatment, just in time to gallop like a blue ribbon winner into the first day of the Year of the Horse.
Sparkle & Shine
Is your cloudy complexion badly weathered by years of neglect and stress and you are worried that time is not on your side for any ‘quick-fix’ before CNY? The answer to your skin woes lies right here with Mixto Light, a revolutionary skin renewal laser that is the lighter cousin to full-fledged Mixto MicroResurfacing Laser. Lowering the downtime to a third or half, Mixto Light nonetheless delivers a slew of goodness to bring you the best results with a fractionated airbrush microspray of carbon dioxide (CO2) laser that is calculated to deliver deep dermal, skin-transforming benefits at specifically controlled settings.
Topping its beauty menu of transformation include instant stimulation of skin’s cellular turnover, improvement of skin texture and elasticity, correction of superficial pigmentation and erasing fine lines. Single sessions are great for ‘tidying things up’ but for an overhaul, do consider a complete ‘Mixto-over’ with the Sparkling Skin Program, which true to its namesake, will make you shine bright like a diamond not just on Spring break, but the year ahead.